The weird world of politics: Teen talk

2015-03-15 15:00

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Teen talk

President Zuma has been confident in his views and demeanour lately. This means South Africans get to hear what he really thinks. His honest views are often, um, er, strange (to be polite). He was at it again last week, offering solutions about what we should do with pregnant teenagers. “Take them to Robben Island or to any other ­island, keep them there, study until they are qualified to come back and work to look after their kids.”The question is whether any of Zuma’s children will agree to banishment, should they fall short of their father’s expectations? Ja?

Dragon master

This year the Chinese intend to paint South Africa red by celebrating China in South Africa. Many cultural ­performances, trade agreements and awareness campaigns have been lined up. In one such environmental awareness campaign, the Chinese embassy plans to bring film star Jackie Chan to South Africa because of his popular appeal. The Americans, not envious of China’s ­cosy relations with South Africa at all, this week ­remarked in passing that they don’t have to resort to such stunts. Their film stars pay their own way here anyway – for a holiday.

More equal

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete openly showed naivety in her understanding of this constitutional state when she disputed that all were equal in the National ­Assembly. “President Zuma is not our equal here, in the same way that Honourable ­Buthelezi is not our equal,” she ­admonished. Clearly, she was taking a cue from Zuma, who once told a member of the opposition in the House that: “Sorry, we have more rights here because we are a majority. You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that’s how democracy works.”Absolutely, Baba.

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